• Photography and Media

    Introduction to Film and Broadcasting

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2021

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If you’re interested in a career in media but aren’t sure yet which path to take, then this course can help get you on the right track.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in the media
  • Four National 4s or equivalent OR a relevant NC course at SCQF Level 4 or equivalent
  • An interview with us

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course is a mixture of theory and practical skills to prepare you for higher level study.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing, often working in groups:

  • You’ll look at what’s involved in creating media content, from planning and research, through to production. You’ll look in detail at existing media content, analysing how people and events are represented and examining it for signs of discrimination or bias.
  • You’ll develop skills in video camera operating techniques and will shoot your own video material. You’ll also look at video editing, learning the processes and techniques to produce a short sequence of film.
  • You’ll develop skills in digital photography, learning how to compose images and enhance them using computer software.
  • You’ll look at computer animation, and use software to produce 2D and 3D graphical animations.
  • You’ll develop skills in sound production, and record and edit a range of sound before producing your own audio files.
  • You’ll look at radio journalism, and learn how to plan, script and record your own news bulletin.

And like all our media students, you’ll also have the chance to:

  • Take part in live projects. Examples include a Health & Safety video for Morrison Construction, and an ad campaign for Police Scotland.
  • Be involved in the Annual End of Year Show which features work from all creative departments.
  • Take part in our informal Short Film Awards Ceremony where we screen the best short films from the year.
  • Hear top tips on how to get started in a media career from leading employers such as the BBC, STV and advertising agencies.

You’ll also build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a Level 6 course such as Film and Broadcasting
  • Exploring your future career options including: Writer, Researcher, Runner, Broadcast Journalist, Editorial Assistant, TV/Radio/Film Producer, Video Content Producer.

With additional qualifications, you may be able to progress to a degree programme, such as Broadcast Production or Filmmaking and Screenwriting at UWS, or media courses at e.g. Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian, Stirling, Queen Margaret or Edinburgh Napier Universities.


  • Comic-Con comes to college – see how our students called in the superheroes for a hugely successful campus convention. Click here to read the blog.

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Start Date

Aug 2021

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